Cohabitants' claims

A significant part of the work we do involves advice on the breakdown of unmarried relationships.

Our experience in this field is extensive and a member of our team, Michael Gouriet, has been heavily involved for many years in the campaign by family lawyers to reform cohabitation law. We were closely involved with the Law Commission's consultation and reform proposals published in 2007.

We can advise you on all aspects of cohabitation, including:

  • cohabitation agreements
  • property ownership on separation
  • financial claims (frequently brought by unmarried mothers) on behalf of children for housing and maintenance
  • paternity disputes and other child-related issues.

Working with colleagues in our Wealth Planning team, we are also able to guide clients on tax issues and the creation of appropriate structures to provide for children.

Our aim, as in all areas of family law, is to achieve the best possible outcome for each client and their children, ideally through negotiation, but, if necessary, through litigation.

Our cohabitation work

  • Acting for several high profile individuals to resolve financial claims brought by the unmarried mothers of their children.
  • Diana Parker acted for the father in one of the leading cases in this area (Re C (A Child) (Financial Provision) (2006))


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